WEST HAVEN - It's only been a little over a month since the Champlain Valley Racing Association agreed to a sanctioning agreement with NASCAR for the 2011 season, and the positive effects are already being felt, according to officials of Devil's Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vt.
CVRA officials have announced that the winners of the NASCAR Modified division features at both Albany-Saratoga and Devil's Bowl will now be guaranteed $1,000. In addition, the winners of the Division II level pro late models are guaranteed a payout of $500.
"This has all come about because of the overwhelming response of sponsors since we announced our sanction with NASCAR," said Albany-Saratoga Speedway promoter Bruce Richards. "We had previously announced a sliding scale for the purses, based on the number of cars, but because of the sponsorship that's coming in, we can now guarantee $1,000 to the NASCAR Modified feature winner, $500 for the pro late model winner, $200 for the renegade winner, and $150 for the bomber warrior winner."
Purses for all classes have been adjusted and will be posted on the Web.
It was also announced that the pro late models will be running a complete schedule at both Albany-Saratoga and Devil's Bowl in 2011.
"As part of the regular Friday night line-up at Albany-Saratoga last year and in limited engagements at the Bowl, this class consistently put on a great show. With the availability of the NASCAR point fund, we wanted to offer the pro late models the same opportunity at the Bowl this year to run weekly on Sunday," said Devil's Bowl promoter Jerry Richards.
In addition to the guaranteed winner's share, drivers will also be competing for a share of the NASCAR point fund, which will award a combined total of $33,000 to the top 10 competitors in four divisions at both tracks.